Dr. Ned A. Dochtermann (CV)

Assistant Professor (2012-current ) Department of Biological Sciences; North Dakota State University

2017 — Excellence in Research Award; College of Science and Mathematics, North Dakota State University (college-wide competitive award)

2016 — Outstanding New Investigator Award; Animal Behavior Society

2014 — Frank A. Pitelka Award for Excellence in Research; International Society for Behavioral Ecology

Postdoctoral Researcher (2009-2012) Department of Biology; University of Nevada, Reno.

Ph.D. (2009) Department of Biology; University of Nevada, Reno.

M.Sc. (2005) University of California, Davis.

B.Sc. (1999) University of California, Davis.


Dr. Raphaël Royauté

Raphaël Royauté is a post-doc and joined the lab in May of 2014 after completing his Ph.D. at McGill University. For his Ph.D. Raph worked with jumping spiders and examined behavioral syndrome structure and personality variation in regards to development, sex differences, and effects of human disturbances (e.g. pesticide application) on syndromes and personalities. Here Raph has primarily been working on cricket projects in which we've been looking at trait integration across behavior and metabolism, at developmental affects on personalities and syndromes and a whole suite of other questions.

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Monica Berdal is a Ph.D. student in Zoology and joined the lab Fall 2015. Monica joined the lab after finishing her Masters from NTNU under Jon Wright. Monica's masters project examined behavioral syndrome structure in guppies (and a lot of collaborative work on other species). Monica is looking at how phenotypic and genetic correlations interact with phenotypic plasticity to impact evolutionary responses of populations. Her dissertation will be combining simulation modelling with lab and field experiments.

Courtney Garrison

Courtney Garrison is an M.Sc. student in Zoology and joined the lab Fall 2015. Courtney joined the lab after finishing her Bachelors from NDSU, during which she'd also worked with us on the crickets. She is generally interested in sexual selection and calling behavior. She's investigating how developmental environment and maternal effects affect calling behavior in Acheta domesitcus.


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Katie Preston was an M.Sc. student in Zoology and joined the lab Fall 2012--so with the initiation of the lab! She came to NDSU from Drake University. Prior to NDSU she most recently worked as a Field Conservation Intern for the Lincoln Park Zoo's Urban Wildlife Zoo working with small mammals. She's interested in conservation and restoration ecology with a focus on tallgrass prairies. Katie focused on community composition and population dynamics of small mammals in tallgrass systems. Katie successfully defended her M.Sc., making her the first student to graduate out of the lab! She's now with Audubon Dakota (link)!


Jeff Berens was an M.Sc. student in ECS and joined the lab Fall 2013 Jeff joined the lab as an EPSCoR Graduate Fellow after finishing his Bachelors from Valley City. Jeff looked at geometric morphometric variation in Peromyscus spp. and at biotic and abiotic predictors of community composition in tallgrass systems. Jeff successfully defended his M.Sc.! He's now with the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District!